Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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Abraham Lincoln quotes give us an inside view into the mind of the 16th president of the United States. In some corridors he was often known as the great emancipator for having a direct hand in ending slavery. It seems that the court is still out on this issue.

What is not in question is that this president presided over the Civil War. He was a deep thinking man, as these Abraham Lincoln quotes will show.

Government of the people

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. This quote is one of the most prominent Abraham Lincoln quotes and its popularity has found its way among many democracy-adhering countries around the globe. Many decades after it was first uttered, the potency of these illustrious words is still felt especially during this era of unprecedented global political unrest.

Though some scholars may argue, among other President Lincoln quotes that have gone down to history, this particular one can be regarded as the most pregnant in terms of meaning. Despite consisting of merely sixteen words, this quote brilliantly sums up the spirit of democracy.

The quote is actually part of the legendary Gettysburg Address, which is definitely the most famous speech of President Lincoln. The speech was delivered on November 19, 1863 during the height of the American Civil War. As the title of the speech implies, the speech was delivered in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania as an invocation to the rebirth of freedom and independence in the country. Though there are other brilliant Abraham Lincoln quotes, this one is no doubt the mother of them all. No other memorable quote in modern history signifies the honorable principles of freedom, equality, liberty, and independence like this one does.

As one of the highlights of the immortal Gettysburg Address, the quote serves as the highlight of the speech. The context of the quote, judging by the exact circumstance during the period that it was written, is based on the urgent need of America to re-examine itself. Since the deep civil strife has been wreaking massive havoc in the lives of many citizens, the need to unite and rebuild the country is very much necessary.

This renowned quote served as the battle cry for young America to walk towards the path of peace guided by all the noble principles that has become the foundation of the country. This explains why compared to other Abraham Lincoln quotes, this one has become the most significant.

The significance of the quotes transcends boundaries. In fact, it has been rephrased so many times in various publications from many countries around the world. Every time discussions about the real essence of democracy arise, there is a chance that these famous words of Lincoln will be quoted. If you need to know more about some of the famous Abraham Lincoln quotes in history, feel free to check out more of his quotes on this web page.

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
-Abraham Lincoln

Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
-Abraham Lincoln

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
-Abraham Lincoln

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.
-Abraham Lincoln

Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
-Abraham Lincoln

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
-Abraham Lincoln

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
-Abraham Lincoln

Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
-Abraham Lincoln

I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.
-Abraham Lincoln

If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.
-Abraham Lincoln

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
-Abraham Lincoln

If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
-Abraham Lincoln

I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.
-Abraham Lincoln

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
-Abraham Lincoln

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In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong.
-Abraham Lincoln

Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this.
-Abraham Lincoln

I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
-Abraham Lincoln

I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.
-Abraham Lincoln

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
-Abraham Lincoln

If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don't make it a leg.
-Abraham Lincoln

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
-Abraham Lincoln

I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
-Abraham Lincoln

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
-Abraham Lincoln

The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
-Abraham Lincoln

There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time."
-Abraham Lincoln

There is nothing true anywhere, The true is nowhere to be seen; If you say you see the true, This seeing is not the true one.
-Abraham Lincoln

These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.
-Abraham Lincoln

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
-Abraham Lincoln

To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.
-Abraham Lincoln

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
-Abraham Lincoln

We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
-Abraham Lincoln

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
-Abraham Lincoln

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
-Abraham Lincoln

I have truly enjoyed reading these Abraham Lincoln quotes. I believe you will find joy in all of these Abraham Lincoln quotes.

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